Friday night rewind

Five highlights from around the country:

1. In the most bizarre game of the night — which involved a goalie serving a five-minute major in the penalty box — Wisconsin beat Mankato 4-3 in OT. John Ramage scored the OT winner. MSU goalie Stephon Williams served a major for facemasking during the third period — yes he sat in the penalty box. For more, read the Free Press story.

2. Omaha outshot Denver 42-22 but lost 7-4 in Magness Arena. Omaha’s Ryan Walters tied the game with just 7:41 to go, but Denver’s Zac Larraza scored back-to-back goals to ice it for the Pioneers.

3. Pheonix Copley stopped 41 of 42 shots, but this time, it was not enough as his Michigan Tech team gave him no goal support. Duluth, missing three players due to suspensions, beat the Huskies 1-0 in the series opener. Copley has now stopped 111 of the last 112 shots (.991 save percentage).

4. Anchorage held a 3-2 lead with less than five minutes to go on No. 1 Minnesota, but forward Tyler Currier was called for a checking from behind major and the Gophers scored twice on the ensuing power play to win 4-3. Nick Bjugstad had two goals.

5. Michigan’s swoon and poor goaltending trend continued as the Wolverines allowed five goals on 21 shots in a 5-4 loss to Alaska.

WCHA top performers

3 points — Zac Larraza, Denver, 2 goals, 1 assist
3 points — Matt Tabrum, Denver, 2 goals, 1 assist
2 points — Nick Bjugstad, Minnesota, 2 goals
2 points — Matt Leitner, MSU, 2 goals
OT winner — John Ramage, Wisconsin
Shutout — Matt McNeely, 28 saves

CC 4, UND 3

UND played catch-up all night but could never get a lead. In the end, UND lost to Colorado College and watched its seven-game unbeaten streak disappear. Game stories:

Grand Forks Herald

Grand Forks Herald column with interesting comments from Owens

Colorado Springs Gazette

USCHO

UNDsports.com

Other notes

  • Drake Caggiula went out in the first period after getting checked from behind. He did not return and his status for the series finale is unknown. Caggiula’s best series of the year was against this Tiger team in Colorado Springs.
  • Michael Parks was ejected for a facemasking major. With this penalty and ejection is NOT mandated like it is with the checking from behind major. So the decision of the refs to toss Parks put UND down to 10 forwards for the second half of the game.
  • UND coach Dave Hakstol said he actually thought the team had more jump in the second half when there were 10 forwards.
  • Corban Knight’s point streak reached 16 games, but he was uncharacteristically beaten in the faceoff circle for a night. He went 12-17.
  • UND played from behind all night and I think Clarke Saunders will want the first goal back. It looked like a relatively harmless shot from outside the dot with no screen by a guy who had never scored a college goal.
  • I didn’t think that Colorado College goalie Joe Howe was particularly sharp. He left a lot of big rebounds. I think we’ll see Josh Thorimbert in the series finale.
  • Colorado College stacked its top line with Alexander Krushelnyski, Rylan Schwartz and William Rapuzzi. But it wasn’t the dominance of that line that led Colorado College. The Tigers actually received one goal from each of their four lines.
  • Danny Kristo is catching fire with a goal in each of the last six games.
  • There were a lot more empty seats than normal because of the blizzard. Make sure to check road conditions and travel warnings before heading to Grand Forks/The Ralph tonight.
  • Major props to The Ralph and staff. On a night when everyone was tracking in slush, the staff was there cleaning it up immediately. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before in any building, and The Ralph stayed extremely clean on a sloppy night.

16 thoughts on “Friday night rewind

  1. Our D needs to start playing North Dakota hockey. Mattson seems only to be concerned with playing offense. He scored a goal last night, but what was he even doing playing at the mouth of the goal late in the play. Gleason was absolutely horrible last night. Forbort and Schmaltz seem to have adopted a bend but don’t break philosophy, although they did block a lot of shots last night. It’s that time of year where it’s time to shut people down and tighten up defensively. 3 goals should be enough! Would like to see lines of Simpson with McWilliams, Forbort and Schmaltz taking the majority of the minutes with Panzarella teamed with whoever seems like he wants to play defense that week (either Gleason or Mattson). Whatever happened to our D being a physical presence? Not sold on Saunders either. He needs to step up and make a play more than just occasionally.

  2. Brad,

    You forgot a couple honorable mentions for Friday’s top performs. Both Brad and Derek Shepherd were involved in 5-minute major penalties for facemasking on the same night! Many of us have played hockey for over 25 years and can’t count on 1 finger how many times a facemask has been called outside of the WCHA, let alone twice in the same night. At least the Shepherd in Grand Forks didn’t cost us the game like in Mankato. If I were that bad at my job, I would have been fired 5 years ago. Have a good day! #SiouxDatNation

  3. There is such a thing as “situational officiating” and the “love tap” MacWilliam gave to the CC defender in the corner late in the third period was not worthy of a penalty. Maybe in the first period, but not when it doesn’t affect a scoring chance or cause a change of possession. MacWilliam and the CC player were both out of the play. Yes, officials do put their whistles in their pockets during a tight game, especially near the end. I could see why Hakstol was irate after that call. Maybe in high school that call is made, but not at that time of the game in the WCHA.

      • The hit in the corner was made by MacWilliam and play was moving in the other direction while both MacWilliam and the CC player remained there in the corner. I don’t dispute that MacWilliam gave the CC player, who was on the ice, an extra shot, and in the first or second period that’s a penalty. Late in the third that’s not a penalty, and anyone who suggests that officials call the game the same from the opening drop of the puck to the final whistle, has not seen enough hockey, officiated enough hockey, or known many hockey officials. The saying, “the referees put their whistles in their pockets” is true. As I said, it’s situational officiating. Unfortunately, Brad Shepard didn’t get the memo last night. That’s not surprising.

        • I agree “situational officiating” does exist, but shouldnt. A penalty in the first SHOULD be a penalty in the third. But the puck was on the guys stick when McWilliam shoved him into the ice. (granted he was already down) Point being the play was still there which STILL doesnt make it okay by the “book”. It was the correct call regardless of where the puck was. Two minutes for RRRRRRROUUGHING. Small price to pay for the intimidation factor that McWillam provides but bad timing.

  4. Saunders probably wants the 1st and last goal back. He made some big saves but didn’t play very well, almost let in a softy that Schmaltz saved. Will we see Gothberg anytime soon?

  5. I love his compete level and second/third efforts on loose pucks, but Grimaldi’s poor d zone play directly resulted in two CC goals last night. Also, a lucky wrap-style goal in the gold medal game shouldn’t make “drive-around-the-net-and-spin-throw-puck-towards-goal” Plan A when attacking on a rush.

  6. Brad, I know you hate TV questions, but is tonight’s game going to be on the same channel as it was last night (FCS central, etc.)? Thanks

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